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Gambia: “Aggravated Homosexuality’’ Offence Carries Life Sentence
Amnesty International - Friday, November 21, 2014
Headline Title:  Gambia: “Aggravated Homosexuality’’ Offence Carries Life Sentence 21 November 2014 Gambia’s recent passage of a homophobic law puts the already persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community at even greater risk of abuse, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The new crime of “aggravated homosexuality,” which carries punishments of up to life in prison, is part of a criminal code President Yahya Jammeh approved on October 9, 2014, documents uncovered this week show. Among those who could be charged with “aggravated… (Full Story)

USA: Albert Woodfox should be released after latest court ruling
Amnesty International - Friday, November 21, 2014
Headline Title:  USA: Albert Woodfox should be released after latest court ruling 21 November 2014 A ruling by a federal appeals court in Louisiana yesterday affirming a decision by a lower court to overturn the conviction of Albert Woodfox, who has spent more than 40 years in isolation after a flawed murder trial, is a triumph for justice that comes decades late, said Amnesty International.“After more than 40 years of tirelessly pursuing justice through the courts, Albert Woodfox must now be given his freedom,” said Tessa Murphy, USA Campaigner at Amnesty International. “The state… (Full Story)

Clean Cookstoves Get a Global Boost
Friday, November 21, 2014
Indoor air pollution, a health problem that's bigger than HIV, tuberculosis or malaria, is getting a $413 million boost. The pollution comes mainly from smoky cook fires and kills an estimated 4 million people each year, mostly women and children. It's also a major environmental problem. Collecting wood for cooking fires is a leading cause of deforestation. And the gases and soot produced from inefficient burning pollute the air and contribute to climate change. And the... (Full Story)

US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families
Friday, November 21, 2014
Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in... (Full Story)

Eritrea Rejects UN Report on Asylum-Seekers
Friday, November 21, 2014
Eritrea’s top diplomat to the United Nations says the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has committed a “conceptual mistake” in a report, which stated that in the past 37 days more than 6,000 Eritreans had claimed asylum in neighboring Ethiopia.   The U.N. refugee agency said Eritrea’s renewed conscription drive was to blame for the sharp increase in the number of youths fleeing the country. But Eritrea's U.N. ambassador, Girma Asmerom, dismissed the report as a calculated... (Full Story)

Law Enforcement, Activists in Ferguson Agree to Keep Peace
Friday, November 21, 2014
Authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, say they have agreed with protest leaders to maintain peace when a grand jury reaches its decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager. Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, has been the scene of intermittent violence since the August 9 shooting intensified long-simmering antagonism between the police and the African-American community. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports. (Full Story)

In Nigeria, combining nutritional support and birth registration under one roof
Friday, November 21, 2014
KANO, Nigeria, 21 November 2014 – The waiting hall is crowded at the Magami Basic Health Centre, in the Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State, northern Nigeria. The clinic is filled with mothers seeking help for their children at the outpatient therapeutic programme (OTP) for severe acute malnutrition. Aisha Ahmadu, 30, mother of six, is there with her 9-month-old twins, Hassan and Hussain. (Full Story)

Excessive Police Force Cases Spark Racial Violence
Friday, November 21, 2014
The August 2014 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, re-ignited long-standing racial tensions in the predominantly African-American community, touching off days of riots and angry demonstrations. Now residents await a grand jury decision on whether or not to indict the shooter: a decisive chapter in a story some Americans know all too well. Cases involving allegations of excessive force by police have sparked racial... (Full Story)

Ukrainians Mark Euro-Maidan Revolution
Friday, November 21, 2014
Ukrainian leaders paid their respects Friday to protesters killed during the revolution that began one year ago in the capital, Kyiv. To mark the one year anniversary of the “Euro-Maidan” uprising that led to the ouster of Russia-backed former president Viktor Yanukovych — and, subsequently, Russia's Crimea annexation followed by the rebel uprising — President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk laid candles at a memorial to those who died in the... (Full Story)

Rigors of Shoveling Snow Can Be Perilous to Heart
Friday, November 21, 2014
At least two people have died as a result of shoveling snow amid the massive storm that has blanketed Buffalo, New York. It's an activity that causes nearly 100 fatal heart attacks across the nation each year. Why? Barry Franklin, director of preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, said lifting and tossing heavy snow with a wide shovel can make the shoveler’s heart rate and blood pressure suddenly shoot up. Cold... (Full Story)

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